BIMM Bristol Induction 2014

And so, on Wednesday 1st October, a brand new wave of excited BIMM Bristol students filled the Colston Hall – and hopefully they felt the echoes of the legendary artists that have graced its stage.

Because not only have The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, and The Who played there, but the likes of Robert Plant, Emile Sande, Richard Hawley in the last 12 months alone – so our new students now have something to aim for!

We kicked off with a live performance from graduate band Ranger Camero, and then an array of successful music business guests arrived to fire up everyone present with ambition.

Respected musicians Pete Josef and Danny Cox spoke about their working lives with Kelis and Roni Size – before performing for the crowd.

Next, BIMM Bristol alumnus Jordan Cook from the band Telegram stepped on sage. Jordan was in town supporting The Horrors on their sold out UK Tour, and he spoke about his time at BIMM Bristol and how much it had helped him turn professional.

It was also great to be able to announce that Sam Bonham from BBC Introducing in the West will be joining the team at Bristol as a music business and industry tutor. He described how he has found many artists at BIMM to feature on his radio show, including George Ezra – currently #1 in the official UK album charts.

Finally, Music Industry Outreach Manager Jon Harper left the students with some inspiring words:

“You can all be successful, yet it takes hard work, dedication and passion. You can all be artists in your own fields. There are no limits to your imagination and we imagine ourselves. We create ourselves. So what are you going to do?”

And when that was all over, the party began, and we all rushed over to The Fleece for the BIMM Induction Gig, bang in the middle of Temple Meads – yet another famed Bristol gig institution.

It’s famous for hosting legendary acts who have played there on their way to stardom, including Amy Winehouse, Nirvana, Radiohead, Muse and Oasis – we’re confident that plenty of our new students will be playing there in the coming years!

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